Bread Pudding Recipe

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Rustic, indulgent, and perfect with a cuppa. This Bread Pudding recipe elicits fond memories when you bite into its sweet, custard-like texture and spiced flavor.

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A Brief History of Bread Pudding

British bread pudding is a traditional dessert that dates back to around the 11th century.

Forebears with a knack for transforming humble ingredients into delectable delights concocted variations of bread-based puddings to (like this website) combat food waste and make the most of every crumb.

Early renditions comprised of sturdy loaves of bread soaked in milk or water, sweetened with honey or sugar, and seasoned with whatever spices could be spared from the larder.

Today, it stands as a testament to our culinary heritage, cherished by gastronomes far and wide as a quintessentially British indulgence.

How to Make Bread Pudding

A detailed recipe with full quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Tear your white bread into large chunks (large, uneven, bite-sized pieces are perfect). Break open and beat two eggs, set aside. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) fan or 160°C (325°F) gas.

Can I Use Stale Bread?

Yes! This recipe is perfect for older, stale bread. It soaks up the milk and other flavours.

White bread torn

Step 2: Place the torn bread pieces, mixed dried fruit (small pieces), mixed peel, and mixed spice into a large bowl. Pour in the milk and then mix well using your hands to scrunch all the ingredients together.

What Is Mixed Spice?

US Readers: Mixed spice is sometimes compared to “pumpkin spice” and is typically a combination of:

  • 1 Tbs ground allspice
  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground mace
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger

Step 3: Next, add your beaten eggs, light muscovado sugar, and zest of orange to the bowl. Stir well, then let sit for 15 minutes to soak up the milk and other flavours.

Bread Pudding Mix

Step 4: Add the melted butter into your pudding mixture using your hands to stir it all together. Butter (or grease) your non-stick cake tin. Pour the pudding mixture into your 20cm (8×8 in) baking tin. Scatter demerara sugar evenly across the top.

Step 5: Bake for 1.5 hours (90 minutes) until firm and golden. Let cool for 10 minutes, turn out of tin, cut into squares, then serve & enjoy!

Bread Pudding in tin

Tweaks

Need a few inspirational ideas? Give these tweaks a try….

  • Different Bread: Different types of bread, such as brioche or challah, can make for a richer pudding.
  • Fruit Mixture: Instead of traditional mixed dried fruit, try using raisins, dates, cranberries, and chopped apricots for diverse flavor profile.
  • Mixed Peel: If you find the mixed peel too strong, you can reduce the quantity or omit it altogether. Alternatively, you could substitute it with candied orange peel for a sweeter, citrusy flavor.
  • Lemon Zest: If orange zest is too sweet, try lemon zest instead. It’ll cut through some of the heaviness of this dish.
  • Spices: Experiment with your spice ratios to adjust the flavour to your liking. Try increasing the cinnamon and ginger for extra warmth.

Storage

I’m sure you’ve made more than you can eat in one sitting. That’s okay, we’re pros at the storage bit….

Refrigerate: Once baked and cooled, you can store your leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Freeze: You can freeze bread pudding for around 2 months. Full instructions can be found here.

Reheat: The best way to defrost bread pudding is to remove it from the freezer the night before you plan to use it and transfer it to the fridge. If you’re in a hurry, you can defrost bread pudding in the microwave on a low setting before reheating it in the oven.

FAQs

What kind of bread is best for bread pudding?

Stale or day-old white bread works best for bread pudding, as it absorbs the custard mixture well. Brioche, challah, or a sturdy wholemeal loaf are also popular choices.

What sauces go well with bread pudding?

Bread pudding pairs well with sauces such as vanilla custard, caramel sauce, whiskey sauce, or a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Can I add alcohol to bread pudding?

You bet! Adding alcohol such as whiskey, rum, or brandy to bread pudding gives it added flavor. You can even add it to the custard mixture before pouring it over the bread.

Can I make bread pudding without eggs?

Yes. You can make eggless bread pudding by using a mixture of milk, cream, sugar, and spices as the base. You can also use egg substitutes such as mashed banana or applesauce for binding.

Bread Pudding Recipe

5.0 from 1 vote
Course: DessertCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

55

minutes

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Ingredients

  • 500 g 1 lb – White or Wholemeal Bread (white or wheat)

  • 300 g 2/3 lb – Dried Fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas, etc)

  • 85 g 3 oz – Mixed Peel (candied lemon/orange peel)

  • 1.5 tbsp 1 1/2 tbsp – Mixed Spice

  • 600 ml 2 1/2 cup – Milk

  • 2 2 – Eggs (large, beaten)

  • 140 g 5 oz – Light Muscovado Sugar (brown sugar)

  • 1 1 – Orange Zest

  • 100 g 1/2 cup – Butter (melted)

  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp – Demerara Sugar (raw cane sugar)

Directions

  • Prep & Preheat
    Tear bread into large chunks. Break open and beat two eggs. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) fan or 160°C (325°F) gas.
  • First Mix
    Place torn bread, mixed dried fruit, mixed peel, and mixed spice into a large bowl. Pour in milk, then mix well using hands.
  • Second Mix
    Add beaten eggs, light muscovado sugar, and zest of orange. Stir well, using hands. Let sit for 15 minutes to soak.
  • Butter
    Stir melted butter into pudding mixture using hands. Butter (or grease) a 20cm (8x8in) non-stick cake tin. Pour pudding mixture into tin. Scatter demerara sugar on top.
  • Bake
    Bake for 1.5 hours (90 minutes) until firm and golden. Turn out of tin, cut into squares, serve & enjoy!

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